Presenters and Instructors

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Screen Shot 2016-11-02 at 3.23.45 PM.pngBrian A. Klems (@BrianKlems) is the former long-time online editor of His blog for WD, The Writer’s Dig—which covered everything writing and publishing—was one of the largest blogs in the writing community.

Brian’s first book, Oh Boy, You’re Having a Girl: A Dad’s Guide to Raising Daughters (Adams Media) was released in April 2013. It received high-level buzz and praise from some of the funniest writers alive, including Dave Barry and Bruce Cameron.

Brian is also a proud graduate of the Ohio University E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, a husband, softball infielder, perennial fantasy sports underachiever, and father of three lovely little girls.



Screen Shot 2018-05-01 at 9.54.11 AMMadeline Smoot is the publisher of CBAY Books and former editorial director for children’s books of Blooming Tree Press. She runs the Buried in the Slush Pile blog.

At the workshop, Madeline will be presenting the session, “How to Write Amazing Young Adult and Middle Grade Fiction” and well as “How to Write and Sell Picture Books for Children.”

She is critiquing young adult and middle grade submissions as an add-on element for attendees.

Madeline lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, son, two cats, a dog, and more books than should fit in any normal person’s house. Visit her website here.


Screen Shot 2018-05-01 at 9.57.55 AMMaria Mutch is the author of Know the Night, a memoir and finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards, and When We Were Birds, a story collection.

At the 2018 Boston workshop, Maria will be teaching on memoir writing {SOLD OUT OF CRITIQUES}, and critiquing the following manuscript categories for writers: literary fiction, short stories, memoir, historical fiction, mainstream fiction, and possibly women’s fiction.

Her essays and short fiction have appeared in Poets & Writers, Guernica, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Normal School, and Witness, among others. She lives in Rhode Island.

Screen Shot 2018-07-20 at 10.42.16 AM.pngKenneth Schneyer is a writer of speculative fiction (fantasy & science fiction). He received a Nebula nomination, and was a finalist for the Sturgeon Memorial Award, for his 2013 story “Selected Program Notes from the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer.”

He has published more than 30 stories in such venues as Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Analog, Uncanny, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, Escape Pod, Podcastle, Pseudopod, and the Clockwork Phoenix anthologies. In 2014, Stillpoint Digital Press released his first collection, The Law & the Heart. A proud member of the Clarion Writers Workshop class of 2009, he currently works with both the Cambridge Science Fiction Workshop and Codex Writers. His work has been translated into Russian, Chinese, Czech, and Italian.

At the 2018 workshop, Ken will be teaching “The Keys to Science Fiction and Fantasy,” as well as critiquing science fiction and fantasy submissions.


Screen Shot 2018-07-27 at 12.04.46 PM.pngSara Henry is a thriller & mystery writer. She wrote A Cold and Lonely Place (2013) and Learning to Swim (2011).

At the 2018 Boston workshop, she will be teaching on thriller & mystery writing, and also critiquing those genres for attendees (including crime & suspense).

She has a master’s in journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, was an editor at Rodale Books and Women’s Sports & Fitness magazine, and a newspaper editor. She has edited many nonfiction books, worked as a correspondence writing school instructor, written for numerous magazines, and written and cowritten nonfiction books on health and fitness. She’s also been a soil scientist, website designer, and bicycle mechanic, among others.

Like her main character, Troy Chance, Sara lived in in a house with many roommates in Lake Placid, New York; worked as sports editor at The Adirondack Daily Enterprise in nearby Saranac Lake; and freelanced for magazines. And had a dog named Tiger.

Her novels have won the Anthony Award, Agatha Award, Mary Higgins Clark Award, and Silver Falchion Award. Both novels were Target picks and A Cold and Lonely Place has appeared in Reader’s Digest Select Editions in multiple countries.

Sara is from Oak Ridge, Tennessee. She graduated from the University of Tennessee and Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, and attended journalism classes at the University of Florida. She now lives on a dirt road in southern Vermont and spends several weeks a year in Tennessee.


Screen Shot 2018-07-30 at 8.08.38 PM.pngLiterary agent Barbara Rosenberg founded The Rosenberg Group in 1998 as the first agent in the United States to solely represent college textbook authors. Within a few years, many of her textbook authors asked her to represent their other works too. The Rosenberg Group soon expanded its focus.

She is currently looking for: contemporary romance; historical romance; romantic suspense; and young adult/new adult romance; and commercial nonfiction from authors with an established platform.

At the 2018 workshop, she is teaching a class on how to launch your book.

Barbara has been a recognized Romance Writers of America agent, and a member of the
Association of Authors’ Representatives for the past twenty years.

Barbara’s authors include Bruce Ballenger; Bob Burns; Beth Carpenter; Rita Ciresi; Jodi
Holschuh; Catherine Mann; Sherrie Nist; Joanne Rock; Karen Rock and Michael Taylor.


Screen Shot 2018-04-11 at 10.32.22 AM.pngJeff Herman is a literary agent and the founder of the Jeff Herman Agency.

At the 2018 Boston workshop, he is teaching a speech on what to know before you self-publish.

He is a nonfiction generalist, and looks for good concepts in almost any area of nonfiction. His areas of agent expertise include popular business, spirituality, self-help and much more. “If I feel I can sell it, I’ll represent it,” he says.

Jeff has made more than 1,000 book deals, including many bestsellers. His own books include JEFF HERMAN’S GUIDE TO PUBLISHERS, EDITORS & LITERARY AGENTS (more than 500,000 copies sold), and WRITE THE PERFECT BOOK PROPOSAL (coauthored with Deborah Herman). He has presented hundreds of workshops about writing and publishing, and has been interviewed for dozens of publications and programs.



Screen Shot 2018-08-19 at 12.10.44 AM.pngA big believer in happily ever afters, author Jen Doyle decided it was high time she started creating some. Jen is a member of the Romance Writers of America, as well as a member of the New England Chapter, New Jersey Romance Writers and Music City Romance Writer chapters of RWA. She is represented by Sarah E. Younger of the Nancy Yost Literary Agency.

She has an M.S. in Library and Information Science and, in addition to her work as a librarian, has worked as a conference and events planner as well as a Communications and Enrollment administrator in both preschool and higher education environments (although some might say that there is very little difference between the two; Jen has no comment regarding whether she is one of the “some”).

Her first book, CALLING IT, was published by Carina Press in 2016. In its previous iteration as THE DREAM, it was the winner of The Beacon, the Finish the Damn Book, and the Melody of Love 2014 contests in the Contemporary Romance category, and was also the Contemporary Romance winner as well as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2014 Gateway to the Best contest.

At the 2018 event, Jen is teaching on romance writing, and also critiquing romance manuscripts for attendees.